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Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro responds to Jose Mourinho criticism with subtle message

Published 10/08/2015

Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro was criticised by Jose Mourinho for attempting to treat Eden Hazard
Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro was criticised by Jose Mourinho for attempting to treat Eden Hazard
Chelsea physio Eva Carneiro during the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Chelsea’s first-team doctor, Eva Carneiro, who was heavily criticised by Jose Mourinho for attempting to treat Eden Hazard during stoppage time as 10-man Chelsea held on for a point against Swansea on Saturday, has responded with a rare post on Facebook to thank the public for their support.

"I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support,' she wrote. 'Really very much appreciated," Ms Carneiro wrote.

I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated.

Posted by Eva Carneiro on Sunday, 9 August 2015

Carneiro, who is in her fifth season in her role, was accused of not understanding the game by the Chelsea manager for effectively reducing his side to nine men when she went on to the pitch to assess Hazard's injury.

He shouted at her and the physio Jon Fearn when they went on to the field and said afterwards: "I wasn't happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game."

'You have to know that you have one player less and if you go to the pitch to assist a player then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn't have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.

"My medical department left me with eight fit players in a counter-attack after a set-piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left."

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Carneiro, who joined the club to work for the reserves in 2009, must be confident of her position at Stamford Bridge to offer even token opposition to the widely-criticised stance Mourinho took on Saturday.

In the summer of 2011 Andre Villas-Boas appointed her to work with the first team and she has subsequently worked alongside Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benítez and Jose Mourinho, treating the players who won the Champions League in 2012, the Europa League the following year and the Capital One Cup and Premier League last season.

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